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Sharp, Eduspec to equip schools with smarter tools

(From left) Sharp Corporation Head of President’s Office and Head of Asean Business, Executive Managing Officer, Yoshihiro Hashimoto; Robert Wu; Lim Een Hong; and Sharp Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd Deputy Managing Director, Ting Yang Chung.

17th May, 2019

GEORGETOWN: Sharp Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd and Eduspec Holdings Berhad (Eduspec) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at developing 21st century classrooms in Malaysia.

“Sharp is excited to enter into this partnership with Eduspec and to begin our work of helping more classrooms embrace new technological advancements. I believe the combination of Sharp’s Smart Solution, the leading technology present in our interactive whiteboards and Eduspec’s expertise in integrated education solutions brings the right synergy towards creating 21st century classrooms.

Our next step is to select a number of model schools, with the help of the Ministry of Education through Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad (YGMB), for our pilot project in Malaysia,” said Sharp Managing Director, Robert Wu.

The partnership aims to promote smart and holistic learning in classrooms by leveraging on the Internet of Things (IOT) and big data analysis, elevating the education experience at pre-schools, primary and secondary schools as well as technical institutes.

“We believe this partnership is crucial to help Malaysia raise the benchmark in education especially in advancing the STEM (Science, Technology and Mathematics) education in schools through a holistic approach, making teaching and learning more interesting for both teachers and students,” said EduSpec Holdings Berhad Chief Executive Officer, Lim Een Hong.

Following the MoU signing, Sharp and Eduspec will commence negotiations to implement a total smart education solution. In addition to interactive learning experiences, these solutions include enabling schools and education institutions to manage online orders or purchases through interactive kiosks that enables students to make payment through e-wallets and Point Of Sale (POS) system. The pilot project poised to take its course in Malaysia is modeled after Sharp’s global efforts in transforming classrooms around the Asia Pacific region.

Sharp and its global smart solution partner, Foxconn, has built more than 100,000 smart classrooms and campuses in China, Taiwan and Vietnam, to date. These transformations take the form of a new generation smart learning platform which offers a total smart solution to schools and universities enabling the integration of administrative work, IOT and big data analysis.

Reiterating its commitment in the smart education project, Wu said, “Sharp is a trusted and reliable brand globally that has an illustrious history spanning 108 years. In Malaysia, Sharp’s presence in the manufacturing of televisions (TV) spans across 39 years, attesting to our commitment and resilience. Through consistent investments in our Batu Pahat manufacturing plant, we take pride in our ‘Made-inMalaysia’ status. We continue to support the local economy through shared knowledge, job opportunities and the smart education project, particularly through the manufacturing of interactive whiteboards in Malaysia. Following the signing of this MoU, we aim to set up 100 smart classrooms in Malaysia equipped with interactive whiteboards by 2019.”

The local production of the interactive whiteboards by Sharp at its Batu Pahat facility ensures affordability, thus driving further accessibility and opportunities to expand smart education solutions in schools and campuses across Malaysia. Selected based on its established experience and credibility in smart education systems, EduSpec is Sharp’s first collaborative partner in Malaysia with regards to the promotion of smart education solutions. In line with its long-term development strategy for smart education solutions in Malaysia, Sharp hopes to collaborate with more content solution partners in the near future. The MoU signing between Sharp and Eduspec was formalized at the Festival Guru event at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre.

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